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olinguito. you got that? chad myers, thank you. that's what we're ending on. i'm brooke baldwin. thanks so much for being with me here. i'll be back tomorrow. meantime, let's take you to washington. "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. >> should the u.s. keep supporting an egyptian government that just killed hundreds of its own people? i'm jake tapper this is "the lead." >> the markets taking a nosedive today. why the world's largest retailer has to accept part of the blame. the world lead. president obama today announcing the u.s. is cancelling joint military exercises with egyptian forces after the egyptian government killed hundreds of people in clashes in the street. but usa to egypt, $1.5 billion, that's still flowing. and the national lead, new jersey governor chris christie has a medical marijuana bill on his desk.
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we'll talk to the desperate father who publicly confronted christie, begging him to sign the bill on behalf of his ailing young daughter. good afternoon, everyone. welcome to "the lead." we'll begin with the money lead. you hear that? the closing bell on wall street and not a moment too soon. the dow fell off a cliff today, plunging more than 200 points before it was all said and done and a big part of the blame goes to the world's largest retailer. i want to get right to allison. what does walmart have to do with it? >> investors reacted to disappointing deadlines from two big companies, one cisco systems saying it's cutting 4,000 jobs, an economy that the ceo called challenging. cisco said it was cutting those jobs because it's trying to save money. it's not something you want to
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hear from a company with such a massive customer base. similar story from walmart. its chief executive also referring to the economy as challenging, cutting not on its earnings but its sales outlook because of that. you go ahead and pile on a disappointing reading on regional manufacturing and those on going worries about how much the fed is going to keep stimulating the economy, it all combines to drag stocks way down today. today is the third biggest loss for the dow this year. jake? >> alison, just for the average viewer at home, how worried should he or she be? >> shouldn't be worried. one day is not a trend. august is a notoriously weak month for stocks. you look at the runup the major averages have had, the dow is up 15% this year, the s&p up 15% this year. first time claims for unemployment fell to the lowest
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level in six years. the housing sector is doing well. so it's not all doom and gloom, even though we look at the board and see the red. >> to the world lead. many of the dead lie in white sheets. the names, if they're known, are written on the fabric enshrouding the bodies. at least 525 people killed in a single day in egypt, staggering number, the bloodiest day since the 2011 revolution. the scene from cairo today where a curfew just went into effect an hour ago. the capital once again at a brink after a day filled with images like this one. forces of egypt's interim government stormed two camps filled with supporters of ousted president mohamed morsi and the result, a slaughter. members of morsi's party, the muslim brotherhood, are
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retaliating. they stormed a government building in giza and set it on fire. the mass demonstrations show no sign of stopping. a sea of pro-morsi protesters filled the streets of alexandria, egypt today. the state department issued a warning for all americans living in egypt or planning to even just travel there. the u.n. security council is holding a closed door meeting on egypt. president obama has been watching this unfold while on his vacation on martha's vineyard. the president today gave his first public remarks, condemning the violence on both sides. >> while we want to sustain our relationship with egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back. as a result, this morning we notified the egyptian government that we are cancelling our
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biannual joint military exercise scheduled for next month. >> the president referred to the change in power in egypt as the military's intervention. there's another word that could be used to describe the act of a military overthrowing, a democratically elected leader and installing a new government in its place, a coup, but will you not hear anyone in the obama administration use that word. if they did call it a coup, the law dictates the u.s. would have to stop sending aid, specifically $1.5 billion in annual aid to egypt. so the state department has decided it simply will not decide. >> the law does not require us to make a formal determination. that is a review that we have undergone as to whether a coup took place and it is not in our national interest to make such a determination. >> today the state department said it is reviewing aid to egypt in, quote, all forms. of the $1.5 billion the u.s.
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gives egypt every year, about $1.3 billion of it goes to the egyptian military and a lot of that is actually spent right here in the u.s. on weapons, fighter jets, et cetera, et cetera, which are then sent to egypt. arwa damon is standing by live in cairo. arwa, what's been happening today? >> well, if you compare it to the levels of violence that we saw taking place yesterday, it most certainly has been relative speaking fairly quiet. earlier in the day we actually went down to one of the churches that had been looted and burnt by an angry mob of islamists, as eyewitnesses were describing them, as being the actions of the government when it came to deciding to send its security forces in, its policemen in to use violence to clear out those two sit-ins as having a very significant ripple effect here. you have these increased attacks on the christian community.
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you also have these attacks against police forces. morsi supporters refusing to go back home. a lot of people very concerned about where this is all going to go. and this is why even here on the ground there were those who were advising the government against taking this kind of action, using violence to go in and clear those demonstrators out is only going to create the kind of situation we have right now. and any sort of political resolution moving forward is going to be very, very difficult and very challenging, jake. >> arwa damon, please stay safe. >> the president condemned the violence. but is there anything he can actually do to stop it? joining me, my own little kitchen cabinet, richard crowley and spider marks. i'm going to pretend you are the secretary of state and you are the secretary of defense. in our own little cabinet meeting what would you advise the president? a senior white house told me
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discussions about cancelling bright star, the joint military operations, those discussions began in june, about the time obama cancelled the delivery of four f-16 fighter planes to egypt in way of putting pressure on the military. is that move, suspension of the planes and joint military exercises, will that be enough to convince the egypt government, quote unquote, the egypt military, they need to change their actions? >> we're dealing with decisions made by egyptians and mistakes made by egyptians. the united states has limited influence. i do think cancelling the bright star exercise is a strong statement. that may well be heard by the egyptian military. the real dilemma for the united states is what kind of message do you send to the muslim brotherhood, which is now outside the political process if our objective is to bring civilian rule back to egypt and an inclusive democracy as part of it, how do you get the muslim brotherhood back in play where their list of grievances,
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beginning with a coup, and now this violence, those grievances continue to rise. >> general, explain to me and to our viewers why these joint military exercises are important. >> they've been important since 1980, which is the first year we did bright star. what it does is it allows friends and al lies in the region to achieve interoperability, we can do it on the ground with field training exercises. those are extremely important trust-building factors and steps that are necessary in order to have a stable and secure region. without the exercise, we'll be fine. the real issue is how does the united states going forward continue to try to establish some degree of influence? what we say and what we think is not relevant. we parse the words pretty well. it's our actions that are extremely important. so the cancellation is i think fine, not sufficient. it's what do we do with $1.5 billion because the real cost will come down the road, jake, if we allow this thing to spin
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out of control, we're going to have a syria in about another 12 months, present in cairo and egypt. that's not a good thing. >> let's talk about the $1.5 billion. my source in the white house told me the decision is obviously a very, very difficult one. he said, quote weeks have national security issues in egypt, the sinai, the security of israel, the suez and other regional issues. what would you advise the president? should we talk about pulling the plug on these funds? >> there's more than one way to attack this. i think we missed an opportunity six weeks ago to call it a coup. the fact that we haven't undermines the credibility of the united states in the region. i do think that i would have suspended military aid six weeks ago to get the egyptian military invested in their own road map and said, look, we're going to suspend it, by law we have to. on the other end of the spectrum, once you restore civilian rule, all the funding
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will be there. in the meantime, i would have found a way to actually increase civilian assistance. $250 million is a paltry sum and right now what is the real danger is not only the violence that spider talked about, it the collapse of the economy. tourism is a major element of the egyptian economy. that's been absent for two years. the morsi government and the united states and national community were negotiating economic reforms that were vital to get it moving forward and creating job opportunities for a young population. that's all now forestalled by the crisis we have. >> quickly, general, what would you advise president obama to do? >> isolation of egypt is not good, we have to stay connected. if we do that with our $1.5 billion, we should continue to do that. you have a radical, sheia iran and you could have a radical sunni egypt with israel right in the middle. that's not a good outcome.
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>> p.j. crowley and spider marks, thank you. >> coming up a plea of one father, please don't let my daughter die. why did he say governor chris christie has to act now to save his daughter's life. >> and barbara bush, the young one, surprising everybody with her pick for the 2016 presidential race. the elegant. for the authentic. for at home and on the go. for pessimists and optimists. for those who love you a little and those who love you a lot. for ultimate flavor and great refreshment with or without calories. for carefree enjoyment. for those who have a lot to say and those who have nothing to add. for those who want to choose and choose. for every generation. for us. for everyone. forever. ♪ hooking up the country whelping business run ♪ ♪ trains! they haul everything, safely and on time.
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experience life well lit. ask which transitions adaptive lens is best for you. welcome back to "the lead." in our national lead, a father pleads for his young daughter's life to new jersey governor chris christie. he's talking about his 2-year-old daughter vivian. she's on the couch playing with her mom and sister. vivian suffers from a severe form of epilepsy that causes seizures. we need to warn you, we're about to show you what it's like for vivian to experience these seizures and that may be difficult to watch. she experiences these types of seizures on average every four
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days. she sleeps with a heart and oxygen monitor and she wears an eye patch because looking at certain patterns brings on more seizures. she's on a diet that helps, a couple medications but it's clearly not enough. she's already suffering developmental issues and has the functioning ability of a 1-year-old. her parents want to give her a form of medical marijuana, which has decreased seizures for other children. vivian's parents have lobbied state legislators in new jersey but the bill has been sitting on governor christie's desk for nearly two months. so her father decided to ask governor christie about it during a campaign stop yesterday. >> these are campaign issues. i know you think it's simple and it's not. >> please don't let my daughter die, governor. >> governor christie said he'll make his decision on whether to sign or veto the bill tomorrow. vivian's father, brian wilson, joins me now from beach haven, new jersey. brian, thank you so much for
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joining us. first of all, i'm sure i speak for all of our viewers that our hearts go out to you. talk to us first about vivian and the struggles she faces with the syndrome. >> every day is a struggle, not knowing what kind of seizure she faces for that day, if she's going to have one that sends her to the hospital. wondering what our day is going to be like. are we going to be calling 911, are we going to be just having a fine day? in general her day is sitting in the house all day. we don't go out, she doesn't do things with her sister because there are too many things in the natural environments that can trigger seizure for her. it's just kind of her sitting around the house and we try to entertain her as much as we can, keep her as happy as we can, but it's just kind of sitting and waiting for the next one. >> explain to us what you meant when you said "please don't let my daughter die, governor." if she does not get this thc,
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this medical marijuana, it's a strain, it's low in thc, i should make sure to note, would that save her life? why do you say this is a life-and-death issue? >> well, gervais syndrome and all forms of severe epilepsy, these can be life ending. they're extremely taxing on your hart, respiratory system. vivian has stopped breathing twice during the course of extended seizure. she has seizures that will last 45 to 60 minutes, like the kind you saw in the video. so she's undergoing a lot of physical duress because of this. she's being mentally -- her development is slowed down and additionally children with dravet syndrome have a risk of suddenly unexplained death of p epilepsy patients. no one knows why it occurs.
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without us being able to control her seizures and pulling her out of that zone of constant seizure activity in the brain, she's constantly at risk. she's stopped breathing twice and had to be resuscitated. her life is at risk every day. kids die all the time from this. there was a four-week period in april where four children with dravet system died. >> brian, it seems like a kind of a tense conversation between you and governor christie. i mean, obviously i've seen worse. but what was your impression of your conversation with the governor? do you think he heard you? do you think he listened to you? >> i don't really think he particularly listened to me. i mean, i knew going in that he had no desire to talk to us. we tried to arrange some conversations with him ahead of time. we called the office, we tried calling -- we tried setting up an appointment. so based on the conversation and the way he tried to guest past me right away, i kind of knew he
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didn't want to have this conversation with me in the public forum. that's again why we tried having conversations with him not in the public forum so we could have a real conversation but we were kind of left with the last few days, we were coming down to the wire, he was in my hometown and i had to go talk to him and try to convince him to sign this. >> i want to bring in cnn's chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta. you profiled an almost identical case to this in your documentary "weed." you talked about a 6-year-old girl with dravet syndrome and her parents saw a vast improvement with this strain of medical marijuana. vivian, however, is 2, not 6. is there a difference, is there any research on the difference that it might have, the different effect it might have on a 2-year-old versus somebody a little bit older? >> i don't think so. i don't think there's a lot of research in that area. i think frankly the figgies, the
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parents of charlotte, if they could have gotten the marijuana earlier or learned about the marijuana earlier, they probably would have given it to her earlier as well. as brian pointed out, there's not a lot of options here. we do think about the brain development and people's brains develop certainly as children all the way up into the mid 20s and you want to be more judicious in those situations. in charlotte's case, i'm not sure how it was with vivian but charlotte was on seven different combinations and they were thinking of compounding a veteran medication because they had run out of options. there aren't a lot of studies on dravet syndromes but there are studies about seizure conditions in general and cannabis. there are options but none of them really work except high cbd
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marijuana. we're talking about lozenges and other edible forms of marijuana. what will you do if governor christie vetoes this bill? >> we've started looking into neighborhoods who move in colorado. we really don't have a choice except to leave our family, friends, grandparents, leave everything we've known and grown up with and have to vacate our state and be kind of run out of town if you will. it's either that or stay in new jersey and suffer. we're looking at the truly compassionate states that are medically advanced and weigh our options of leaving, especially in this doesn't pass through. >> brian wilson, thanks so much for joining us. our thoughts are with you and your family and of course with vivian. thank you dr. sanjay gupta. you can watch his documentary "weed" on friday night at 10
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p.m. i want to update you on one of the families most devastated by the terror attacks at the boston marathon, the richard family. they marked four months since the terrorist attack. it shows a picture of 7-year-old jane richard who lost her leg in the blast, standing with her prosthesis and wide smile. her family refused to sleep in their home until she was discharged. her mother was also hospitalized with head injuries. her brother was the youngest victim to die in the attacks. we wish the family the best as they continue to recover. what a remarkable picture of that young girl. >> still to come, mayor bob filner is facing sexual harassment charges again. his latest accuser has an almost unbelievable story to tell. plus what's august like on mars? you could be one of the first team to find out if you're willing to give up one not so
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welcome back to "the lead," i'm jake tapper. new jersey governor chris christie going all jersey on his potential rivals for the oval office in 2016. the fiery words the popular republican will to say to his own party behind closed doors. >> the buried lead. call it the final frontier of reality tv. if you thought it got tense when the real housewives started flipping tables, wait until the oxygen runs low on "big brother." and now a new movie about the butler's life is hitting theaters. we'll meet his son, and we'll
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separate the fact from the fiction. >> hey, everyone. welcome back to "the lead." now to the politics lead. stop navel gazing. today he took veiled swings at two of his rivals for the 2016 republican nomination and he told his party he's in it to win. let's bring in former adviser to mitt romney's campaign, kevin maddon. cnn political contributor maria cardona and cnn reporter for people magazine, michael crowley. i want to start with this that everyone thinks was aimed at bobby jindal. he said, quote, i'm not going to be one of these people who goes and calls our party stupid. of course governor jindal, who is also a 2016 presidential
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candidate once said our party has to stop being stupid. >> the point that chris christie was trying to make was that we have to be in a party that is about ideas. we have to describe what it is that we're for and describe where we stand on all the big issues that the american electorate cares about. the challenge that chris christie is going to have here, though, is he has to reconcile that with comments he made that infuriated a lot of republicans back when he was blaming john boehner and congressional republicans for what happened with the sandy aid, sandy aid that many folks believe was loaded up with pork from a lot of democrats and a lot of special interests. so he's saying that in boston and got a really good line of applause for it, but there are many republicans that still remember that. the question for him going in order in 2016 is how far can he put those other comments in the past in the rear view mirror. >> don't you think he would be a fairly strong general election
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candidate? he's from a blue state. the question is can he get the nomination. don't you think on his face he's a blue state republican, has this appeal, straight talker? >> sure. he certainly knows the formula of how to win in a purple state. >> that's not a purple state. that's a blue state. >> that's exactly the point he was trying to make. but i actually think the republicans need to do a whole lot more of navel gazing. after the whole review of what republicans did wrong in 2012, they've gone back to do exactly the same thing and kind of dug in. >> like what? >> the ridiculous comments about latinos and women when they talk about women's issues. they can't get past what they said in the 2012 race. they've come back to it. and so i actually think that they do need to do a whole lot more navel gazing. but i think chris christie was smart in this -- he's making this point now because what you said, jake, is exactly right. he can be a strong general election candidate but he needs
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to get through the primary. he's essentially planting the flag that if the republican party wants to really win, he's the guy to do it. >> mike sfchaemichael? >> i have to chuckle because sit hearing with the man who represented mitt romney. i'm going to show my records in a result where hi an antagonistic legislature. it's the same formula. a lot of republicans i think will say we tried at ththat and didn't work out for us. in is something people like about governor christie, and i don't mean it as an insult but calling people stupid is something he does all the time. >> i agree with that. where there's broad agreement here for republicans is get off the focus of process and start talking about ideas. that's a big takeaway. >> another quote "i'm in it to win. i think there that an we have some folks who believe that our
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job is to be college professors. if our ideas we have to win because if we don't win, we don't govern. >> if you're looking for targets, i would think rand paul would be another obvious guess. the libertarian party has a lot of energy, possibly where the real energy in the republican party is is derided by the moderates as being kind of theorists. a lot of the ideas in the abstract sound good if you're a true conservative. remember how much trouble rand paul got when he started talking about the civil rights act and it was a huge fiasco. the moderates say you're too ideological, you're not about getting result, you're happy to vote no and prove your principles but no votes and you can't get elected that way. >> mike's on to something here. reporters have asked me what do
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you make about this break between the grass roots and lab libertarians and pragmatists. this is going to be a question about the doers and the talkers. and many governors are the doers. they're not interested in talking about theory but how it affects people. >> sorry, maria. >> a good filibuster. >> coming up, is there really life on mars? four people could soon be taking a one-way trip to the red planet to potentially find out. do you want to be one of them? we'll tell you how to apply. plus a new species was found on this planet and it is adorbs. stay with us. starts with freshly-made pasta, and 100% real cheddar cheese. but what makes stouffer's mac n' cheese best of all. that moment you enjoy it at home. stouffer's. made with care for you or your family. and my family moved es, straight to chicago. d
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. it's time for the buried lead, stories we think should be getting more attention. this is the true story of four strangers picked to live in a pod to be sent on a one-way mission to mars. what happens when people stop being polite and get real? tens of thousands have sent applications into a dutch nonprofit in hopes of being the first people on the red planet. it could make "revenge of the nerds" sound like entourage. erin mcpike is here with us. >> they have to train together for seven years after they are selected. then these four who are selected will live together for the rest of their lives on mars. >> mars one will establish human
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settlement on mars in 2023. >> reporter: what would it take to get to you leave earth forever to live on -- >> mars. from now on we won't just be visiting the planet. we'll be staying. >> reporter: that's right. dutch foundation mars one is trolling for pioneers to colonize the red planet. you just have to be at least 18 years old to apply. >> you will be staying. the search for life on mars begins on earth. >> reporter: wait, you wouldn't leave behind your friends, hot pizza, cold drinks? no worries, there are at least 100,000 earthlings who say they would. >> i'm curious. i'm willing to test my limits. and i'm determined to go to mars. >> reporter: the mission will
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cost $6 billion. mars one is considering turning the video application process into a, you guessed it, reality tv show in order to offset the costs. >> since i was a little boy and watching the stars for the first time, i know that my place is there, between the stars. >> truth be told, i'm already a martian. i'm just looking to make it official. >> leave the life to the chaos of the cosmo. colonizing mars will make it clear man is capable of great things. >> it's not your new home yet. the first half year you will be doing a lot of construction. >> reporter: baslansdorp is the ceo of mars one. he is dedicating his life to the mission. >> someone in the group might be ill and no longer eligible to go. we will be repeating the
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application process every year. >> if you want to apply, it will cost you about $38, which was about the average cost of a college application in the united states last year. but this will take more than just your vitals and what interests you. you also have to tell mars one what stresses you out, what frightens you and situations you've experienced, interactions with cultures other than your own. >> it will be very tricky. protecting people from radiation is going to be hard. maintaining human health with minimal facilities and producing food on the surface of mars. so there are a lot of obstacles. >> reporter: now, remember, once you go you can't go home again. but for some applicants, maybe that's a good thing? >> i'm a lawyer. for a lot of you that's enough to want you to launch me into space already. >> now, if you really do want to apply, the deadline for this round is at the end of the
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month. bull but you'll have more chances because mars one wants to recruit multiple groups because of delays and drop-outs. they want 100 martians in 40 years. >> i'm not an expert on math. he still has almost $6 billion that he still needs to raise. it's 1 1/,000th of the -- no, it's interesting. >> you don't want to go? >> i'm sure it's going to happen. erin mcpike, thank you very much. >> coming up, he kept the secrets of eight presidents. but is hollywood's story realistic? accurate? we're talking to the butler's family about what really went on behind closed doors at the white house. >> and a zoo is trying to dupe little kids and parents into thinking this is a lion.
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it's a dog. what's their excuse? [ chainsaw buzzing ] humans.
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. it's time for more buried news. it's being described as a cross between a teddy bear and a house cat. no, sharknado fans, this isn't the sci-fi aimed at the younger demo. scientists say they discovered the olinguito. it turns out the zoo had one but it was mistaken for a sister species. zoologists got suspicious when they tried to mate her with the wrong animal. they decided she wasn't just
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playing hard to get, it was more complicated as in it's not you, it's me, i'm an olinguito. zoo keepers in china thought they were seeing a brand new species for the first time when that lion in front of them barked. a tibetan mastiff was put in a cage when the real lion was sent away to breed. the lion says woof? hope she didn't have to explain where the real lion was at the time. also in buried, a guy you can't keep hidden away for long. 80-year-old regis philbin returns as host of "crowd goes wild" on the new fox sports 1 network. he's a devoted fame of notre dame and the new york yankees.
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let's hope he can get them some much deserved media attention. >> still to come, the story of the white house butler hits theaters tonight. but we're wanted something a little more real. we're hearing from the butler's son next. [ man ] look how beautiful it is. ♪ honey, we need to talk. we do? i took the trash out. i know. and thank you so much for that. i think we should get a medicare supplement insurance plan. right now? [ male announcer ] whether you're new to medicare or not, you may know it only covers about 80%
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. it's time for today's pop culture lead. how often can you say about anyone "he served in the white house for 34 years." no president could say that but the late eugene allen could. he served eight presidents and his unique and fascinating life inspired the movie "the butler" which opens tonight. we visited allen's son to learn more about this quiet man whose story is finally being told. >> i'm cecil gains. i'm the new butler. >> it's a hollywood story built on the life of a humble man. eugene allen, the real butler, who lived and worked in two very different worlds. >> you hear nothing, you see nothing. >> reporter: allen didn't just work but mingled with the rich and powerful, heard their stories, held their secrets. like walking into an unlocked
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vault, his legacy lives on in this modest home a few miles from the white house, where allen and his wife raised their only son charles. >> the president, when they got to the point where they could talk comfortably, that's when you kind of like fit in and they would just talk around you. he wasn't going to divulge anything. >> reporter: not even to his wife of 65 years, played by oprah winfrey. >> i want to hear all the stories. they done swore him to some kind of secret code. >> reporter: but his son, who says his father served eight presidents, was far from a silent figure in history. >> that moment when cecil goes in and says the white help is making more than the black help here and i think that's not fair and we should get equal pay, that was his way of warring. >> reporter: a proud black man
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not defined by a racial stereotype, the role between butler and friend could be blurred. >> mostly the first lady around christmas would invite our wives and children down for a christmas party. ms. eisenhower used to give all the children a toy at christmas. >> toys, ties, paintings. >> these two paintings were done by president eisenhower. he'd be out there on the porch and they would call and say the president wants to talk to you. >> nancy reagan and her tough as nails reputation seemed to have a soft spot for allen, even if her personal attention sometimes rattled him. >> she was looking for it and somebody said that -- >> she's looking for you. >> yeah. somebody said the first lady's looking for you. that meant -- >> i'm in trouble, right? >> i'm in trouble. >> i'd like to invite you to the
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state dinner next week. >> i'll be there, mrs. reagan. >> not as a butler, as a guest. >> he became emotionally attached to all of the first families, but especially the kennedys. his assassination rocked him to the core. >> that was the first time you saw your father cry? >> the first time, yes. >> following jfk's funeral, allen was with jackie as she celebrated her children's birthday. in the times of mourning or racial conflict, allen was just a step away from power, yet the butler never sought attention and years later shunned multiple offers to tell or sell his story, until his wife passed away. >> i said you owe this to mom, man. i said this is not about you. the fact that my mother wanted my father recognized and this happened means everything to me.
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>> long after he retired, allen got the chance to vote for an african-american for president. he later was a v.i.p. at president obama's inaugural. the only inaugural he ever attended. i turn you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation." americans warned to leave egypt. the violence spiraling out of control, prompting president obama to speak out. also former congressman ron paul is here to talk about baobama care, a possible government shut down, his son's political possibilities. and when martin luther king, jr. went off script and made history. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >> it's certainly